Gas, cigarette taxes would rise in new state budget

The budget relies on about $500 million in higher taxes on tobacco, gas, utilities and certain computer services that businesses purchase.

// Egypt’s military issues ultimatum to Morsi

The military’s statement put pressure on President Mohammed Morsi to resign, and there are reports the foreign minister has stepped down.

A jersey honoring the 19 firefighters that were killed in the wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz., hangs in the Arizona Diamondback's dugout before the game against the Mets at Citi Field Monday.

Diamondbacks to honor victims of wildfire

The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear a patch on their uniforms honoring the 19 firefighters who died about 80 miles from Phoenix.

Rendering of the proposed Mohegan Sun Casino in Palmer.

Mohegan Sun releases updated rendering

Mohegan Sun has expanded its Palmer casino proposal to a $1 billion project, as it battles for the sole Western Mass. casino resort license.

“Despicable Me 2” centers on reformed baddie Gru (left, voice of Steve Carell) and his interactions with Anti-Villain League operative Lucy Wilde (right, Kristen Wiig), as well as his Minions.

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Movie Review

Less ‘Despicable,’ but sequel does deliver laughs

Steve Carell’s animated villain Gru shows a near total lack of despicability in “Despicable Me 2,” but this sequel is plenty funny nevertheless.

Colton Iverson (left) and Kelly Olynyk will both play in the NBA summer league for the Celtics in Orlando, Fla.

Colton Iverson and Kelly Olynyk join Celtics

The Celtics rectify their size issues with 7-foot draft picks: Olynyk from Gonzaga and Iverson from Colorado State.

Johnny Depp (left) as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the title character in “The Lone Ranger.”

Movie Review

Who was that masked man? Who cares.

“The Lone Ranger” is like watching an elephant tap dance: Everything gets trampled and the dancing’s not very good.

Trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Ex-FBI agent apologizes to family of alleged Bulger victim

John Morris grew emotional as he apologized for what could have been his “indirect” role in the killing of Michael Donahue in 1982.



// Our halting progress toward justice

The Constitution pursues not perfection, which is impossible, but the “more perfect,” which always beckons.